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Masso’s Deli & Pizzeria
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On busy NJ state highway 561 (aka Berlin-Haddonfield Road ) you will come upon Masso’s about a half mile south of the Ritz Cinema complex. It has been in the area long enough to be call an ” icon”; certainly their seasonal ice cream and frozen custard annex seems to be filled with several generations of parents, grands and great grands. The pizzeria has been visited by your reviewer and a companion at least four times in the last several months. Our meals have primarily been lunches. In terms of the menu, you can expect 13 choices in the Steak Sandwich category. At the outset please note that a half pound of meat is used in all Masso’s steak sandwiches. A plain Steak Sandwich goes for $5; for another 60 cents you can add American, Provolone, Mozzarell or Swiss cheese. The Pizza Steak will set you back by $6.10, The Masso Special Steak $7.30; this sandwich has Provolone, Mushrooms, Green Peppers & Onions. Your reviewers companion had the American Cheese Steak sandwich and found the meat to be lean and juicy, and the addition of fresh grilled onions enjoyable. The waffle fries accompaniment were very flavorable, spiced up a bit-but not Old Bay style and not greasy.
White Steak Sandwiches are made with chicken and come in 7 varieties including Plain, Cheese, Cacciatore, Cordon Bleu, Florentine, Parmigiana and Buffalo. Price ranges from 5.25 to $7.30 depending on choice and enhancements. There are 8 types of charbroiled burgers, all 6 ounces, including Veggie, Turkey, Hamburger/Cheesburger, Pizza Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger plus a Hamburger or Cheeseburger sub. All are available in either a ” single” or ” double” version. Prices for the single range from $3.50 to $6.05 and for the double $4.75 to $6.35.
Hoagies have 15 choices and are made with Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Olive Oil & Spices. Your reviewers companion had on diferent visits the $ 6.50 Old Fashioned Italian Hoagie ( Capicola, Sopressata, Prosciutto, Genoa Salame, Sharp Provolone & Roasted Peppers). Afterwards the comment made was that the sandwich was a bit ” chewy”…and hard to eat. For the Old Fashioned there is a rating of 2.5 chews. What the companion preferred was the $5.50 Italian Hoagie consisting of ham, Genoa Salame and Provolone. It was a case of ” less is better”! For the ” Italian” the rating is 4 chews. The cold sandwiches were a dozen in number starting at $3.75 for Egg Salad or Liverwurst. Turkey & Cheese at $4.25 or Pastrami at $5.50 were some other options. Sandwiches are available on white, wheat or rye bread, kaiser or torpedo roll. Grilled charbroiled chicken sandwiches, served on a kaiser, can be had either in a small or large portion. Five choices are available include Original with lettuce, tomato and mayo at $5.50 small or $8.25 large. Choose that or the Texan, Florentine, Buffalo or Cordon Bleu.
Hot sandwiches abound and start at $2.75 for the old comfort favorite of Grilled Cheese. All told there are 19 alternatives, including Meatball (plain or parmigiana), Sausage, Roast Beef, Roast Pork, Pepper & Egg, Fish Filet, Flounder, Pork Roll & Cheese and a hot Veggie sub. Small hot sandwiches range from $2.75 up to $4.75; the large hot sandwiches from $4.75 to $7.25. If you crave a salad, you’ll have 11 to pick from starting at $2.50 for a small tossed salad to $8.50 for a triple scoop ( chicken, seafood, tuna or egg-you select 3). Still more sandwiches are available in the Club “department” including Turkey & Bacon, BLT, Roast Beef & Swiss. The price ranges for those are $5.95 to $6.50. Wrap it up or the Pita corner has 7 selections. All served on pita bread, honey wheat, spinach or jalapeño wrap with lettuce & tomato. Prices start at $5.75 up to $6.50 for a Grilled Chicken Wrap, Deep Sea Seafood Salad Pita or the Rooster Pita with white meat chicken salad and light Swiss Cheese.
For something a bit more substantial you might consider one of the 10 Platters. Your choice will include French Fries, Cole Slaw, Roll & Butter. Among the platters you have a Seafood Combination ( flounder, shrimp, scallops) at $7.95 or Veal Parmigiana ( 2 pieces) at $7.50.
As befitting a pizzeria there is an extensive offering of Regular and Specialty. You can buy a slice of “regular” pizza for $1.75 or four versions of the regular cheese pizza starting at $5 for a personal (10 inch), $8.50 for a small (12 inch), $10.50 for a large (16 inch) and $12.50 for the Sicilian style. Additonal toppings are a la carte. Toppings include extra cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage, Meatball, Anchovies, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, Hot Peppers, Green Peppers, Ham, Black Olives and Fresh Tomatoes. Expect to pay from 40 cents to $2 for each additonal ” half topping”. You can add additional toppings from 75cents to $4 depending on the size of your regular pizza. Likewise you can also upgrade for extra fee on with Specialty toppings like Bacon, Roasted Pepper, Prosciutto, Spinach and Ricotta. Grilled Chicken or Steak specialty toppings command an extra dollar.
The specialty pizzas also come in several sizes, personal, at 10 inches, small at 12 inches and large 16 inches. This category ranges from Garden Veggie at $6.75 for the personal size all the way to $19 for a Sicilian with the “Works”. Within this grouping you may choose, Mexican, White, Venetian, Broccoli, “The Works” ( extra cheese, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Sausage, Green Peppers, Onions, Metballs, SAuce and a special cheese blend. Expect to pay $from $7.50 to $16.50 for ” the Works” depending on the size. Rounding this out you can also have a Hawaiian or Buffalo Chicken specialty pizza. Your reviewers long time favorite is the personal regular cheese pizza. At 10 inches it still is enough to share, and has the right balance of cheese and sauce; the crust is firm….but not too overwhelming.
The side orders are 14 in number, and apart from the fries ( cheese, mozzarella, pizza style) you can choose Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks, Potato Salad, Macaroni or Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Fruit ( cup or bowl) and Rice Pudding. Price ranges from 95 cents to $4.95. Homemade soup du jour is $2.25 for a cup or $3.25 for a bowl. Hot Wings and Buffalo Tenders range from $5.25 for 5 tenders to $25 for 50 Wings. The beverages include homemade iced tea, Fountain Sodas ( Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Rootbeer, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Lemonade, Rasberry Iced tea) Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Milk, OJ. There is also a family pitcher of soda at $3.50 include glasses & ice. Beverage prices for the fountain soda are based on small, medium, large and Big Boss. $1.10, $1.35, $1.55 and $1.80 is the cost respectively.
The bottom line after numerous repeat visits is that Masso’s is a solid 4 chews. There are a number of tables in the pizzeria section and your order will be taken and then served to you. Expect friendly folks to wait on you….they appreciate the same in return. While you wait you might wan’t to consider touring the deli section with its take home meals. We’ll save that for another time. If you stop, you will surely have quite a selection to choose from. Enjoy!
Pop Pop’s Score: 4.0 Chews
Subjective Rating: Good!
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